Yifan (Connor)

Columbia College Chicago

Major: Film
Hometown: Luzhou, China


In his own words:

“My favorite thing about MPA is that I was fortunate enough to meet and get to know all the classmates that I’m friends with right now. The moments that we’ve spent together have become a part of who I am and I will for sure cherish them for life.”

From his teachers:

“Connor is a remarkable student with a passion for learning and an enthusiasm for creative expression in many different mediums. It has been a pleasure to have him in class in each of the past two years. He takes an active role both inside the classroom as well as outside of it. I enjoyed working with Connor as he gladly accepted the role of senior editor for our school newspaper this year and played a valuable part in making the newspaper a success.

“I have no doubt that Connor will achieve all of the future goals he sets for himself because of his bravery and his creativity. As Alan Alda stated, ‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.’”
— Dr. Kicmal

From his classmates:

“You will never meet another person like Connor. Words really can’t express supportive, caring, and independent he is. Even living thousands of miles away from his family, he has become a truly great person and friend.”
— Ireland

“Connor has always been a huge character at MPA. Over the four years we’ve spent together, Connor and I have connected through theatre, video games, a love for film, and Project Week trips. It was never an uncommon thing for Connor and I to spend our open period together loudly debating about TV shows or Marvel movies. I will never forget him and his majestic hair.”
— Halle

“I convinced Connor to join the Upper School play during our freshman year. Watching him step out of his comfort zone over the course of ‘The Sparrow’ was amazing.”
— Angela

“Connor is a unique individual with a special eye for film. He is incredibly talented. I remember the photoshoot he and I had with Tasneem during our open period.”
— Julie